Atwell Mill Campground

Sequoia National Park

Southern Sierra, California

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Atwell Mill Campground


  • Atwell Mill's forest-shaded sites make up one of two campgrounds in the Mineral King area.- Atwell Mill Campground
  • Atwell Mill Campground.- Atwell Mill Campground
  • Remnants of the milling days: the trunk of a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum).- Atwell Mill Campground
  • Atwell Mill Campground.- Atwell Mill Campground
  • Campground facilities.- Atwell Mill Campground
  • The campground is located 5 miles west of scenic Mineral King Valley in Sequoia National Park.- Atwell Mill Campground
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Giant sequoia grove. Access to Mineral King Valley. Hiking trails. Low cost camping.
Seasonal access.
Note that the campground will be open from October 14 through October 26, 2015, when no potable water will be available.
Southern Sierra, CA
Managed by: 
National Park Service
Price per night (basic site): 
12.00 $ (10.08 €)
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Total number of sites: 
Current Local Weather:
Campground Description

Campground Description


Visitors to the incredible Mineral King Valley in Sequoia National Park have two campgrounds to choose from. Cold Springs Campground is slightly farther up Mineral King Road and is located near the Sawtooth and Eagle-Mosquito trailheads. Atwell Mill is the first campground you'll encounter along Mineral King Road, and it is a better choice if you are considering the moderate hike to Hockett Meadow using the Atwell Trailhead located in the campground. Atwell Campground is also just a half mile from Silver City Resort, which has a restaurant and store.

Atwell Mill was the area's main mill before the mining economy moved on from this region, a development you'll no doubt appreciate as you crane your head upward to regard the gigantic sequoias that tower over the sites in the campground. Sites in this campground are well spaced and well distributed, so you'll have no trouble placing more than one tent in a site. The entire campground receives the shade and protection of the tree canopy. This is a beautiful and straightforward National Park Service campground: all 21 sites are first-come, first-served, tent only, and have picnic tables and fire pits. Vault toilets and bear boxes are centrally located, and potable water is available from mid-May through mid-October.

Atwell Mill Campground closes in the winter, roughly the end of October through the middle of May when Mineral King Road is closed.

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